Posted on April 20, 2007

Immigrant Groups Grateful To Emanuel

Esther J. Cepeda, Chicago Sun-Times, April 20, 2007

Chicago immigrant organizations, hoping local politicians will soon enact immigration law reforms, have collected nickels, dimes and dollars to make a statementa really big one.

Led by Javier Salas, the popular morning host on WRTO radio’s “La Tremenda,” the groups collected money at busy intersections and garnered donations on Spanish-language media and through word of mouth. Over the course of a few months they gathered almost $10,000enough to rent a strategically placed billboard for one monthto send a message to U.S. Rep. Rahm Emanuel.

‘You have the power’

The billboard, located at Kedzie and Wellington near the Kennedy Expy. about 2 miles from Emanuel’s Chicago office, thanks him for supporting comprehensive immigration reforms while making it clear reform is wanted sooner than later.


Similar billboards, though advocating against mass immigration, have been erected by immigration-control groups in Colorado and other states across the U.S.